Two suspects arraigned in separate fatal traffic cases

Published 9:45 pm Friday, September 5, 2014

Two individuals involved in two separate fatal traffic cases in Chilton County were arraigned Thursday.

Amanda Rhoden Kizzire, 32, of Montevallo, was indicted in August on three charges including murder-reckless, driving under the influence, and reckless driving, according to court documents.

According to the indictment, Kizzire “recklessly engaged in conduct with manifested indifference to human life and created a grave risk of death to a person and thereby caused the death of David Thomas Bryant.”

The Calera Police Department investigated the crash, which happened at about 5:40 a.m. on Sept. 6, 2013, on Highway 31 just north of Chilton County Road 95. The crash involved a motorcycle and an SUV.

Calera Police Sgt. Deven Heathcock, an investigator in the department’s traffic homicide unit, said at the time of the crash that Kizzire was traveling on the wrong side of the road when she collided with Bryant, 35, of Jemison, who was driving a motorcycle.

The two collided head-on near County Road 95.

Bryant was killed at the scene, and Kizzire was transported to UAB and treated for minor injuries and released later that day.

The indictment also states Kizzire operated a motor vehicle in Chilton County while under the influence of methamphetamine and or amphetamine.

Kizzire was arrested Sept. 9, 2013, and later released from the Chilton County Jail on a $162,500 bond in June.

Her plea day is scheduled for Sept. 25 at 8:30 a.m. before Chilton County Circuit Court Judge John B. Bush.


I-65 crash

A Jemison man is facing multiple charges for a deadly wreck in 2013 on Interstate 65 in Chilton County.

Kevin Ray Ousley, 29, faces six charges including murder-reckless, manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, two counts of vehicular homicide and driving under the influence.

According to the indictment, the grand jury found that Ousley caused the death of Patricia Faircloth McCain by operating a motor vehicle under the influence of methadone and/or Clonazepam.

The indictment also states Ousley operated a motor vehicle while using “a wireless telecommunication device to write, send, or read a text-based communication.”

The crash happened around 7:15 a.m. Aug. 22, 2013 on I-65 North at mile marker 212.

Ousley was arrested in August 2014 and has been released from the Chilton County Jail on a $50,000 bond.

His plea day is scheduled for Oct. 15 at 9 a.m. before Chilton County Circuit Court Judge Ben A. Fuller.

The Chilton County grand jury issues 110 indictments during its August session after hearing 171 cases.

The grand jury meets in February and August each year in Chilton County.